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LISTEN: AOL’s Tim Armstrong fires creative director in front of co-workers during conference call

In a leaked audio clip that has gone viral, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong can be heard firing Abel Lenz, the creative director of AOL’s Patch.com — in front of 1,000 co-workers in the middle of a conference call.

In a leaked audio clip that has gone viral, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong can be heard firing Abel Lenz, the creative director of AOL’s Patch.com — in front of 1,000 co-workers in the middle of a conference call.

On Friday, Armstrong hosted a conference call with Patch employees to explain that AOL was reducing the number of sites in the local news network from 900 to 600. During the call, Armstrong paused to address Lenz, telling him to “put that camera down right now.” Soon after, Armstrong says, “Abel, you’re fired. Out.”

After a short silence, the conference call resumed.

Armstrong went on to complain about leaks to the media, saying that the leaks made Patch.com look like “loser-ville” in the press.

“That’s why Abel was fired,” Armstrong said. “We can’t have people that are in the locker room giving the game plan away.”

According to various sources, Lenz always took photos during Patch meetings and would later upload them to Patch’s internal news site.

Listen to the leaked audio below.

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  1. CeeCee

    August 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    A synopsis of everything that is wrong with corporate American today: muddled, ego-driven executive “leadership” and total contempt for the people who actually do the work ( and make those jackasses rich.)

  2. Bob Cull

    August 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    He must be a charter member of the Mittens Romney fan club…”I like to fire people” is the club motto.

  3. Natural Blesson Farms

    August 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I think Armstrong just KILLED patch. I think it’s a joke. So fire me … PATCH is a site and a product I would never use, ever. Douchebag just tanked his own project.

  4. Michael

    August 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Another CEO way overpaid, that is for sure.

  5. Michael

    August 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I am turned off about patch now….. and will not use it.

  6. Paige

    August 13, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Wow, Tim Armstrong is a psychiatry dream — an egomaniac who has too much power.

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